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Dione: Craters and Rings

Dione: Craters and Rings
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  Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its last close flyby of the icy moon.

North on Dione is up. The image was acquired in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 17, 2015.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 98,000 miles (158,000 kilometers) from Dione and at a sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 35 degrees. Image scale is 3,100 feet (950 meters) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
Released: August 20, 2015 (PIA 17201)
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